Ministry of Religion Warns Parties Not to Use Mosques as Venues for Political Campaigns

- 29 September 2022 17:34 WIB
Director General of Islamic Guidance at the Ministry of Religion, Kamaruddin Amin. (Ministry of Religion/kemenag.go.id)
Director General of Islamic Guidance at the Ministry of Religion, Kamaruddin Amin. (Ministry of Religion/kemenag.go.id)

JAKARTADAILY.ID – Indonesian Ministry of Religion appealed to all parties not to use mosques as places or venues for political campaigns. This follows the circulation of a tabloid published by Anis Baswedan volunteer in mosques in Malang, East Java.

The Director General of Islamic Guidance at the Ministry of Religion, Kamaruddin Amin, said that the spread of political tabloids and campaigns in mosques could divide Muslims.

"Tabloids that have the potential to incite division should not be. Because it is very unproductive for Indonesia," explained Kamaruddin, Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

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According to Kamaruddin, the Ministry of Religion will make regulations regarding the prohibition of campaign activities in mosques, because mosques are sacred and important places for Muslims.

"Maybe (make a rule). We will try to see. We will follow up because once again this mosque is very important and very strategic. Mosques should not be used as places to divide people," he said.

He continued, the Ministry of Religion also has a strategy to eliminate political nuances in the mosque environment by distributing tabloids that contain views about religious information that soothes the soul, not incite and not contain hate speech.

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"Let's make the mosque a place to enlighten the people, and not become a place where divisions occur among the people," he said.

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